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Chronic tubal ectopic pregnancy: a rare but challenging diagnosis
  1. P Drakopoulos,
  2. N Pluchino,
  3. M Yaron,
  4. P Dällenbach
  1. Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Dr P Drakopoulos,


A 34-year-old woman without any medical history presented to our hospital emergency unit with a history of 4 days of progressively increasing pain in the left iliac fossa, fever and vaginal bleeding for the past 3 weeks. Urine pregnancy test and serum bhCG were negative. CT scan showed a left pelvic mass compatible with a tubo-ovarian abscess. After transfer to our gynaecology unit, transvaginal ultrasound revealed an empty uterus with a heterogeneous mass in the left adnexal area. We performed a laparoscopy, which revealed an enlarged left haematosalpinx with firm adhesions to the surrounding organs, but no abscess. A total left salpingectomy was undertaken and the histopathological examination revealed the presence of chorionic villi, suggesting the diagnosis of chronic ectopic tubal pregnancy. The postoperative course was uneventful.

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